Roy Moore, Iran, General Electric: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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    Roy Moore, Iran, General Electric: Your Monday Evening Briefing

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    Good evening. Here’s the latest.

    1. A fifth woman accused Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate, of sexual misconduct when she was a teenager.

    Beverly Young Nelson, above left, told a news conference in New York that Mr. Moore attacked her when she was 16 and he was a prosecutor in Etowah County, Ala. She said he warned her back then that “no one will believe you” if she told anyone. Read her full statement here.

    Republican leaders, including the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, are calling on Mr. Moore to drop out of the race — and some want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to return to his old seat. We collected the best writing from the right and left on the allegations.

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    2. President Trump said he had a “great relationship” with Rodrigo Duterte, his Philippine counterpart.

    Human rights issues barely came up during their first face-to-face meeting, though Mr. Duterte stands accused of ordering thousands of extrajudicial killings in his nation’s war on drugs. This video collects some of Mr. Duterte’s more violent exhortations. On the streets of Manila, riot officers clashed with protesters near the American Embassy.

    Our photographer has been traveling with Mr. Trump, documenting each stop on his 12-day trip. The president returns to the U.S. on Tuesday.

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    3. Being abroad didn’t stop President Trump from weighing in on the tax bill. He wrote on Twitter that he was proud of Congress’s work so far — and then suggested ending the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate as part of the tax plan.

    The House speaker, Paul Ryan, above, and other Republican leaders insist their plans will help the middle class. But that assumes that trickle-down economics works. Remember that term? We discuss it on our podcast “The Daily.”

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    4. An earthquake left more than 400 people dead and thousands injured on the Iran-Iraq border. Seismologists said the quake, at a magnitude of 7.3, was the biggest to hit western Iran.

    The damage appeared to be much worse on the Iranian side. Photographs showed collapsed buildings, cars destroyed by rubble and people sleeping in the streets in fear of aftershocks.

    The tremors were felt all the way on the Mediterranean coast.

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    5. The White House found a replacement for Tom Price, the former Health and Human Services secretary who resigned amid controversy over his use of chartered flights for government travel.

    The nominee is Alex Azar, above, a pharmaceutical executive who had a top position at Eli Lilly until January.

    He’ll be a key player in the president’s efforts to crack down on drug prices.

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    6. There are warning signs of a mental health crisis in Puerto Rico, with much of the population showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Milagros Serrano Ortiz, above, sought treatment for her anguish.

    Health officials say returning to a routine is the most important step toward overcoming trauma, like the experience of living through a deadly storm. But scarce water and electricity, and few signs of normalcy, make that impossible on the island.

    Side note: The tiny Montana energy company that was contracted to rebuild the island’s power grid billed at a rate far above the norm.

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    7. Two Navy SEAL commandos under investigation in the strangling of an Army Green Beret soldier in Mali have been under scrutiny in another crime, several service members told our reporters: the theft of money from a fund used to pay confidential informants.

    The revelations may shed light on a possible motive in the death of Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, above, a 34-year-old veteran of two tours in Afghanistan. He was found dead in June.

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    8. General Electric will be a lot less general in the future. The 125-year-old corporate giant — the nation’s largest industrial concern — will become a smaller company with fewer businesses.

    John Flannery, above, who became G.E.’s chief executive in August, is grappling with a 35 percent plunge in the stock price this year. He announced that more than $20 billion worth of assets were earmarked for sale in the next couple of years.

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    9. One of our best-read articles today is this blockbuster from the weekend: how the unsolved leaks of N.S.A. cyberweapons have sown chaos in the agency worldwide.

    Above, Jake Williams, a former member of the N.S.A.’s hacking unit who was outed on Twitter by The Shadow Brokers, the mysterious group that obtained N.S.A. cybertools — either through an insider leak or hacking, or perhaps both.

    “It’s a disaster on multiple levels,” he said. “It’s embarrassing that the people responsible for this have not been brought to justice.”

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    10. Finally, floating cities have long been the stuff of science fiction.

    But there are now companies, academics, architects and even a government — that of French Polynesia — working together on a “seasteading” prototype by 2020.

    “It would essentially be a start-up country,” said the president of the Seasteading Institute, which is working on making the rendering above a reality.

    Have a great night.

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    Published at Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:59:08 +0000